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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
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Posted - 01/24/2007 :  13:01:09  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
Do You Believe in Magic?
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From article:
Psychologists and anthropologists have typically turned to faith healers, tribal cultures or New Age spiritualists to study the underpinnings of belief in superstition or magical powers. Yet they could just as well have examined their own neighbors, lab assistants or even some fellow scientists. New research demonstrates that habits of so-called magical thinking the belief, for instance, that wishing harm on a loathed colleague or relative might make him sick are far more common than people acknowledge.

These habits have little to do with religious faith, which is much more complex because it involves large questions of morality, community and history. But magical thinking underlies a vast, often unseen universe of small rituals that accompany people through every waking hour of a day.


Thanks Derek!

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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Ricky
SFN Die Hard

USA
4907 Posts

Posted - 01/24/2007 :  13:38:26   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
Cune beat you to the punch.

Apparently, Kil has been spending far too much time at skepticality and not enough here. Traitor.

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
- Isaac Asimov
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
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Posted - 01/24/2007 :  13:41:01   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
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Originally posted by Ricky

Cune beat you to the punch.

Apparently, Kil has been spending far too much time at skepticality and not enough here. Traitor.

LOL

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

Genetic Literacy Project
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 01/24/2007 :  19:16:35   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
And he thinks this treason is funny.


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
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